Pujols/Cardinals Extend Extension Talks

In a show of solidarity, I too will move the non-story I didn’t write about the Pujols deadline by 24 hours.  The new Pujols/Cardinals deadline will now be Wednesday, February 16 at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time.  To show just how serious I am about not writing anything relating to the Pujols deadline, I have decided to use “Zulu” time.  Since I am on the west coast, my non-story deadline will be 1700 Zulu Time.  Below you will find a couple of charts to help you know what time to check my site for absolutely nothing because nothing will be written about the topic.

GMT DST Military Phonetic Civilian Time Zones
+0:00 +0:00 z Zulu UT or UTC – Universal (Co-ordinated)
+0:00 +1:00 GMT – Greenwich Mean
WET – Western European
-1:00 +0:00 a Alpha WAT – West Africa
-2:00 -1:00 b Bravo AT – Azores
-3:00 -2:00 c Charlie
-4:00 -3:00 d Delta AST – Atlantic Standard
-5:00 -4:00 e Echo EST – Eastern Standard.
-6:00 -5:00 f Foxtrot CST – Central Standard
-7:00 -6:00 g Golf MST – Mountain Standard.
-8:00 -7:00 h Hotel PST – Pacific Standard
-9:00 -8:00 j Juliet YST – Yukon Standard.
-10:00 -9:00 k Kilo AHST – Alaska-Hawaii Standard
CAT – Central Alaska
HST – Hawaii Standard
EAST – East Australian Standard
-11:00 -10:00 l Lima NT – Nome.
-12:00 -11:00 m Mike IDLW – International Date Line West
+1:00 +2:00 n November CET – Central European
FWT – French Winter
MET – Middle European
MEWT – Middle European Winter
SWT – Swedish Winter.
+2:00 +3:00 o Oscar EET – Eastern European, Russia Zone 1
+3:00 +4:00 p Papa BT – Baghdad, Russia Zone 2
+4:00 +5:00 q Quebec ZP4 – Russia Zone 3
+5:00 +6:00 r Romeo ZP5 – Chesapeake Bay
+6:00 +7:00 s Sierra ZP6 – Chesapeake Bay
+7:00 +8:00 t Tango WAST – West Australian Standard.
+8:00 +9:00 u Uniform CCT – China Coast, Russia Zone 7
+9:00 +10:00 v Victor JST – Japan Standard, Russia Zone 8
+10:00 +11:00 w Whiskey GST – Guam Standard, Russia Zone 9
+11:00 +12:00 x X-ray
+12:00 +13:00 y Yankee IDLE – International Date Line East
NZST – New Zealand Standard
NZT – New Zealand

Conversation Table

Time\Time zone -12 -11 -10 -9 -8 -7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10 +11 +12
midnight 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200
01:00 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300
02:00 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400
03:00 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500
04:00 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600
05:00 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700
06:00 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800
07:00 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900
08:00 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000
09:00 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100
10:00 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200
11:00 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300
noon 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000
01:00 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100
02:00 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200
03:00 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300
04:00 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400
05:00 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500
06:00 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600
07:00 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700
08:00 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900 0800
09:00 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 0900
10:00 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000
11:00 1100 1000 0900 0800 0700 0600 0500 0400 0300 0200 0100 0000 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100

Examples:

Easy:  You live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  We all know that you would fall under +3 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  Noon will be Eastern Standard Time (1200) so Addis Ababa will be 2000 Zulu Time.

Medium: You live on Pitcairn Island.  Again we all know that Pitcairn is -8:00 GMT.  So you will be 1700 Zulu Time.

Advanced:  You are laying face down on the state lines of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico with and arm or leg in each state.  Three of the four appendages would be in the same time zone while one would be in a different time zone, but only in the summer.  The appendage that is located in Arizona will be a different time due to Arizona’s non-participation of daylight savings.  So, that would be 1600 Zulu time in the winter.  But it easily could have been 1700 Zulu Time if it were summer.  That is really important because you do not want to have one of your appendages waiting an extra hour to hear the news that the other 3 already knew.

Conclusion

I will continue to have absolutely nothing to say about this contract no matter what happens.  You should know that if I was going to write about anything, it would be about the deadline that Rickie Weeks placed on the Brewers around the same time Pujols gave his deadline.

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19 Comments on “Pujols/Cardinals Extend Extension Talks”

  1. Bertil says:

    Hilarious!

    Hereby I’m committing to not comment on your non-story whenever it wont come out! :)
    Deadline here: 1800 November time!

  2. teamlittleguy says:

    This is awesome and the conversion tables will come in handy now that the “Will CC Sabathia opt-out of his contract after the season?” non-story is already being discussed. :)

  3. Karen says:

    Great! I can comment on non-comment? Looking forward to leaving more comments on non-comments or non-stories. And I have no idea what time it is here in Zulu time, but I do know that the sun hasn’t come up yet–but it is tomorrow.

  4. Bobby A says:

    This never happened.

  5. [...] was the Albert Pujols deadline reaction day, but I managed to avoid the fray for the most part. Morgan Ensberg might have the right idea in this funny post – what are we going to say? That Tony La Russa is silly to attack the union? That the Cards [...]

  6. Mark L says:

    This Pujols thing is absurd but it seems to be part of a larger trend. Extracting an extra $20 million out of the Cardinals has value over the life of a ten year contract but loyalty, marketability, and being identified with a particular franchise or period in baseball history can have more value over a much longer period of time.

    That is something that will always bug me — players failing to recognize that a big chunk of their post-career value comes from their ability to market themselves and their accomplishments. Someone like Andy Pettitte seemed to realize that possibly taking a discount to stay where he has an established legacy can be lucrative in itself – he’ll always have a job waiting for him as an instructor within their organization or as the public face of the team’s recent success. As far as Pujols goes, clearly no one has learned their lesson from the LeBron debacle.

    • Mark this is a tough call for me. Since we don’t know what the terms of the contract, it is hard to speculate. When I saw that Pujols set a date, I didn’t feel that the Cardinals had any reason to give him their best offer. They are only motivated to give their best offer minutes before he makes the decision to leave. That time will happen this off season. My guess is that the Cardinals will try and reach out towards the end of the season to see if they can start the process. Unfortunately for them, Pujols will probably say no to behind the scene negotiations as a punishment for not getting what he wanted earlier in his career.

      We will have to see. Do you think he will leave St Louis?

      Morgan

      • Mark L says:

        Sadly, I suspect that if the Cubs offer him $0.01 more than St. Louis, he’s gone. Unfortunately for him, though, I think he’s going to find that no one is going to come close to meeting his demand for a $300 million contract. He would have been better off taking the best offer from St. Louis while they are still worried about hypothetical suitors. Free agency without New York, Boston or L.A. is a very different beast.

        • Mark I still don’t think Pujols should have signed unless he gets exactly what he is seeking. My guess is that he can always get the current offer from the Cards at any time. So why not see if free agency gets him what he wants?

          I think the 3 teams that you mentioned will be in play. I also think SF and Angels. Don’t count out Seattle either. Atlanta could be there also. He will have a lot of suitors. It will be interesting.

          Morgan

          • Mark L says:

            Perhaps, generational talents do tend to bring unexpected suitors out of the woodwork.

            On a related note, I think it would be interesting if in a future post you could discuss the Hot Stove season from the player’s perspective. Dozens of journalists and TV personalities seem to be making a living off of front office rumor and speculation but fans hear nothing from the player end. One of the most common lines used is “It’s a business” but Cliff Lee demonstrated that sometimes the heart can outweigh the head. The decision process would be a pretty interesting topic to discuss.

  7. floyd says:

    Morgan,

    Love the article. I’ve heard what Aberts said, and my only comment is when he says “it’s not about the money…”, to me that translates, ‘it’s all about the money’! He can call it respect or what ever, it’s still about the money!

  8. Solomon says:

    I’m a Cardinal fan, but it’s hard for me to sympathize with guys who make hundreds of millions of dollars. The only story here is whether or not he will get $200 million or $300 million. If he ends up getting less than $300 million, someone will have the unmitigated gall to say he’s underpaid.

  9. Chase says:

    I think it would be in everyone’s best interest for him to stay in St. Louis. Last I heard he wanted ten years. If his production starts to wane in the latter years of that contract, the fans that have watched him played will likely be more forgiving to both Pujols and the team . They’ll still gladly pay to watch several years of record-chasing from a player past his prime. It wouldn’t be the first case of it in the MLB.

  10. Solomon says:

    Morgan,

    You’ve been named a Stylish Blogger by Solomon Alexander – http://www.stlsportsmanship.blogspot.com.


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